Disclaimer: I received a free product in exchange for this review. All opinions and stories are my own.
Are you often confused about which day it is?
I am. As a stay at home mom, my days often run together ~ Monday through Friday are the same day, with a night time nap in between shifts.
But this last month, things were different… a lot different.
When you feel like you’re in a constant state of losing your mind or being confused about how the area that you just cleaned up is a mess again, you are constantly looking for remedies that will correct the issue. I jumped at the opportunity to review Happy. Calm. Focused. I was so surprised by its effect, that I can even break down the different parts of the supplement.
In our house, each day is a little worse for the kids as mommy gets more and more tired. Bee desperately needs a nap, but refuses almost every day since she was about two and a half years old. Every day, after three, Bee’s attitude goes downhill, and she is already my most attention-seeking child. By Friday, I just want to tear my hair out. Literally. Having no hair would mean I could bang my head against the wall without softening the blow.
What makes it worse is that on Friday, my husband comes home later than any other day of the week. He goes to church where they host their bible study on Friday nights. So, instead of getting my husband at a cool 6-6:15 p.m., I’m lucky if I get him home by 8. Did I mention this was Friday night?
By the second week of taking Happy. Calm. Focused., I was planning things for us to do together. We rented movies, we played games and we ordered in. I wasn’t frustrated at all, I looked forward to us being able to chill all night and have some fun. Big Hero 6, Candy Land and Uno were some of our favorites.
What was the best part, for the first time in this school year, I forgot that Friday was coming and was happy to see it when it arrived. I found myself laughing and smiling with all the hiccups during the week.
Because of Bee’s daily meltdowns, we have developed somewhat of a ritual.
Butterfly gets a very comfortable nap lasting between an hour and a half and three hours.
Butterfly wakes up in a great mood, hungry and ready to play.
Bee is hungry, but nothing i good, except for a sugary treat or even meal. I refuse.
I start packing up the car to pick up son, packing up snacks for all of the kids to enjoy together on the way home from school. It’s the only way snack time works where all of the children feel like they got a full snack.
Bee starts crying over something… normally how her sister touched her toy or the right show isn’t playing on television.
I tell her it’s time to put on her shoes so that we can get her brother.
Since taking Happy. Calm. Focused. I’ve been able to enjoy her retorts:
Straight refusal: I don’t want to put on my shoes.
Lazy refusal: I don’t want to go to get my brother.
Transportation refusal: I don’t want to get in the car.
But my ultimate favorite is:
Being reasonable: It’s ok, I’ll stay here.
She’s three. Not happening.
Also around week two, I was calming her down, because I, myself, was calm. I would talk to her, sing to her and find things that occupied her mind. It didn’t stop her meltdowns, but it slowed them down because I was willing to be calmer with her.
I also yelled a lot less. I think one to two times throughout the rest of the month instead of at least once a day.
Talk about impressive.
I wonder if the kids appreciated it.
I don’t talk about my extended family a lot here and I don’t particularly plan on starting. But I think this is pertinent to “Calm”.
There’s been an issue that I’ve wanted to address with my mother… for a long time. Think years.
I never did because she’s, well, my mother.
Plus, who am I? Where do I get off saying something to her about something that I think she did wrong, but more importantly, something I think she could start to correct if she really wanted to.
On this particular phone conversation, she said something that completely set me off.
But in a totally good way.
I relayed my point in a clear, and kind way.
A way where she was willing to listen, and not just get defensive.
A way where she heard and changes have started to be made.
Maybe it’s just me being more mature, but I don’t see me being able to have done that just a month before.
Have you realized that often your short temper is not a reflection of your anger with the person you’re talking to, but about something else entirely?
The third week, my mind opened up and I was angry. Like truly angry. As much as I was frustrated with Bee’s behavior at home, Bunny’s behavior at school (a story for another day), and Butterfly’s refusal to leave me alone at any part of the day, I found myself actually angry and I couldn’t figure out why. I was confused… at first.
Then, it came to me. I was pissed off at my husband. Why isn’t really relevant to this story, but I was angry at something he was doing… more so, something he wasn’t doing.
It had been hiding beneath all of the other things that had been going on and I was taking it out on my children.
Don’t get me wrong. It wasn’t like I didn’t know it bothered me, but I’m a strong believer in picking your battles and finding the right time and place to address them.
I figured that this issue would just go away, like most did, because I can often overreact.
Not only did it not go away, but it became more pronounced. Whenever something along this subject was mentioned, I could feel my ears perk and my mother bear senses spike.
I addressed it.
I felt GREAT!
I was focused and multiple issues didn’t confuse this one.
So, what is this supplement that I’m talking about… that made such an impact in such a short amount of time?
HCF is a brain supplement that claims to fed your brain the euro-nutrients to support the increase of key “feel good” neurotransmitter levels responsible for helping you feel happy, calm and focused.
This all-natural supplement is to be taken in three pills per day on an empty stomach.
I’m terrible at taking pills, so I also found a big difference in my willingness to want to take this on an empty stomach every morning. I looked forward to it because my days were just going so much better.
It boasts of a high Vitamin B12 amount. Although I’m sure that it’s a contributing factor, I’ve taken B12 shots and I’ve had more energy but I didn’t think clearer.
Final result: I love this product. I will be ordering this product to keep all of us happier.
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